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Elements of Cognition - Chapter Summary
Human cognition is a fairly complex subject, which numerous people spend years trying to understand. However, you can get a basic picture of the elements of human cognition by reviewing each of this chapter's video and text lessons. Our lesson instructors describe key terms and theories related to human cognition. You will learn about the basics of cognitive development in different groups of people and the current scientific understanding on different aspects of cognition and intelligence. Specific topics examined in these lessons include:
- Overview of cognition theory
- Sensation and perception
- The definition and process of perception
- Theories of adult development
- The biological bases of intelligence
- The definition and stages of information processing
You can test your understanding of each of these topics by answering the questions included in the chapter's practice quizzes. The final chapter exam will let you test yourself on the overall topic. Be sure to use your personal Dashboard to check your learning progress once you complete the chapter.
1. Cognition: Theory, Overview
Studying the mental processes known as cognition can make it easier to understand human knowledge and behavior. Explore cognition theory in this lesson and then test your understanding with a quiz.
2. Intro to Sensation and Perception
What is the difference between sensation and perception, and how do they work? You'll get to see how the mind handles and differentiates between multiple sensations in this introduction.
3. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process
We pay attention in various ways, every day. In this lesson, we will look into the four types of attention we consistently use and look at how attention spans change throughout a lifetime.
4. Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning
A person's cognition, environment and behavior play important roles in learning new knowledge and skills. This lesson will focus on Albert Bandura's contributions to social learning and vicarious experiences.
5. Adult and Older Adult Development Theories
What kinds of development do adults go through? In this lesson, we will look at four psychologists who discuss the ways adults develop emotionally and mentally.
6. Three Stages Of Memory in Psychology: Explanation & Summary
Have you ever given thought to the fact that without memory, you would not know your own name, your address, or where and when you were born? Learn about the complex process of memory and take a short quiz to see how well your memory system works.
7. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language
How does language expression emerge in children? Learn about the development of syntax in children through the pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language development in this lesson.
8. Studying Intelligence: Biological vs. Environmental Factors
Have you ever wondered if your intelligence is entirely due to genetics or if it's shaped by the environment surrounding you? In this lesson, you'll learn about the factors that affect and influence a person's intelligence.
9. History of Intelligence Testing in Psychology
Throughout the years, there have been many methods used that attempted to accurately quantify and measure human intelligence. You've probably heard of or taken an IQ test, but what does an IQ test actually measure? Find out in this lesson.
10. What is Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences?
Which types of intelligence do you identify with? As you watch this video on Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, you'll learn that intelligence can be a diverse concept not limited to one area.
11. Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
This lesson will help you understand the triarchic theory and the three types of intelligence proposed by Robert Sternberg: analytical, creative, and practical.
12. Perkins' Theory of Learnable Intelligence
What is learnable intelligence? Find out in this lesson and learn to differentiate between the three types of intelligence described by David Perkins in his theory of learnable intelligence.
13. What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages
How do we interact with and process information in our daily lives? Psychologists use the theory of information processing to explain it. They also use the theory to talk about our stages of memory.
14. Problem Solving Methods: Definition & Types
There's more than one way to solve a problem. In this lesson, we'll review the five most common methods: trial and error, difference reduction, means-ends analysis, working backwards, and analogies.
15. Executive Function Disorder: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment
Did you know that executive functions help us plan, organize, and evaluate tasks? Learn more about executive function disorder, its symptoms, and treatments. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.
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